New Way to Help Sponsor Your Group
A friend of mine runs LiveSoftwareEvents.com, a way to live-stream video and make money from it. The organizer doesn't pay, just the remote viewers. They pay a reasonable $1 per hour which gets split with the organizer. If you or your group would like to give it a try, contact Bernie LiveSoftwareEvents and give it a try.
PostgreSQL Group Forming
My favorite open source database might be getting it's own meetup group. From today's inbox:
We are a group of PostgreSQL enthusiasts interested in fostering a PostgreSQL community in Atlanta, so that we can share our knowledge about PostgreSQL and related projects, and create a network for those seeking PostgreSQL-related employment.
See their Meetup.
New Alpharetta Rails Meetup
Looks like more of a coding support or study group, there's a new Alpharetta Rails Meetup forming. Please check them out. There's been some pushback on Ruby lately, some claiming that the number of new gems being committed is dwindeling, but a lot of people still like it and use it on a daily basis.
ALE and ALE-NW Update
In today's mailbag from JD:
Hope you don't mind this email ... you asked for feedback, but I didn't see any
way to contact you through the website.
ossatlanta.org - article " Tough Times for *nix Users' Groups".
ALE-NW only meets with SPSU students are there. That's August - May.
It is planned.
It is announced on the ALE email listsrv.
3 yrs ago, we held meetings in the summer and turnout was too low to maintain
it. We are flexible. ;)
The ALE.org content is NOT well maintained. The only way to know what is really
happening is to sign up for the email lists http://ale.org/?page_id=5. The mail
email list has 20-50 messages a day. It is fairly active about Linux-related
There are other Linux groups around the metro area. The GA-400 Linux Group
meets weekly at I-285 and Powers Ferry. 4-10 people attend. Heck, there were 8
people there on Easter!
For more groups: http://blog.jdpfu.com/2013/06/03/lugs-atlanta-area-linux-groups
However - you are not wrong with the premise that Linux is becoming a standard
thing. Other groups that historically would be part of the LUG have spawned
their own meetings - OpenStack, Asterisk, Python, Ruby, Perl, Drupal, OWASP, and
those are just off the top of my head.
I completely understand why UNIX groups concentrate on HA and extremely large
scale - the lower-end has been taken over by Linux solutions. It is amazing what
a $5K Linux box can accomplish these days.
FYI - ALE-NW meetings for the '14-15 school terms:
Meetings 2nd of the Month (Starting in Sept):
8/28 - Mini-How To and SPSU Organization
9/11 - TBD
9/20 - InstallFest - Saturday 10am-5pm
10/9 - TBD 4th Anniversary!
11/13 - TBD
12/11 - Solstice / GPG Keysigning
1/8 - TBD
2/12 - TBD
3/12 - TBD
4/9 - TBD
5/14 - TBD
Feel Free to contact either me or Jim Kinney for ALE questions.
Tough Times for *nix Users' Groups
Are Unix and Linux now passé in the days of DevOps? I'm writing this on August 11th, and it looks like the Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts haven't met since May and the Atlanta Unix Users' Group didn't meet last month due to lack of program. Has *nix gone from cutting edge to being so ubiquitous that it's now invisible? For the Unix folks, there's only three vendors left: HP with HP-UX, Oracle with Solaris and IBM with AIX. AUUG had the HP folks come and speak a couple of months back, and they're focused almost entirely on high-availability systems. Oracle and IBM just shuffle my requests off to a national sales line and refuse to let me talk to any local salesperson. Is the sun setting on Unix/Linux users groups? Drop me a line and let me know your thoughts.
Atlanta Maker Update
Got this in today's inbox: an Update on Atlanta Makers from the folks at the local Maker Faire.
Atlanta 3D Group
There's a new meetup forming for all things around 3D printing. See the Atlanta 3D Group page at meetup. It's just forming, but there seems to be a lot of buzz around 3D printing in town. Not strictly open source, but a lot of 3D printing seems to use open source tools.
Google Developer Group
Google's isn't strictly open-source, but they contribute a lot to the open source community. Freeside Atlanta has a new subgroup for Google Developers that cover topics like polymer.js, html5, etc. Check them out.